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Evan M. Garriott Biography

from Biographical Sketches of Kentucky – Perrin, 1887

Trimble County, Kentucky

Evan M. Garriott was born near Sulphur, in Trimble County, March 14, 1816, the fourth of eight children born to Loving and Margaret (Wilhoite) Garriott. Loving Garriott was born in Kentucky, a son of Ambrose Garriott, a native of Virginia, but one of the first settlers of Kentucky. Margaret Wilhoite was the daughter of Jesse Wilhoite, a native of Virginia, but one of the early settlers of Kentucky. Loving Garriott was a brick-mason by trade, and followed the same all his life in connection with farming. Evan M. has followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and now owns upward of 400 acres of land. About 1840 he engaged in the mercantile business at which he continued until 1863. He settled where he now resides in 1828. About 1854 he was elected judge of Trimble County Court; in 1861 was elected to the State Legislature and served four years; was then elected State senator from Trimble, Carroll and Owen Counties, and held the office four years. He has also been captain on steamboats on the Ohio River before and since the war. October 12, 1837, he married Lucy M. Shelby, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Clore) Shelby, of Oldham County. To this union were born six daughters and five sons: William L., Fannie E., Margaret, Joseph A., Thomas E., John C., Nannie F., Carrie E., Clarinda, Hulda M. and Andrew J. Politically Mr. Garriott is a Democrat.

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